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33 Hanford Workers Evaluated for Toxic Vapor Exposure in 5 Days

Posted by feww on May 4, 2016

Elevated Radiation Detected near Second Failing Tank at Hanford Nuclear Site: Report

“Six more Hanford workers reported smelling odors in the AP tank farm where officials collected samples Tuesday. Washington River Protection Solutions says crews transported one worker to Kadlec for further evaluation. Doctors treated and released the employee,” said a report.

On April 26, Hanford Challenge stated that a “second high-level nuclear waste [double-shell] tank at the Hanford nuclear site may have failed.”

Elevated Radiation Indicator of Second Double-Shell Tank Failure at Hanford Nuclear Site: Plutonium, Cesium-137 Levels Detected in AY-101 Outer Shell

The group, citing sources inside Hanford, says that above-background levels of Cesium-137, plutonium and a high-beta emitter (likely Strontium-90) all radioactive by-products commonly found in Hanford tanks, were recently measured outside of the primary liner in Tank AY-101, one of the first of the 28 double-shelled tanks built at Hanford about 40 years ago.  Those measurements were confirmed to a high degree of certainty, according to Hanford sources.  Read more…

“There is litigation the Attorney General has filed to make sure that the federal government is observant to protect these workers. Very important,” said Gov. Inslee.

Three years ago…

6 Hanford Tanks Leaking Nuclear Waste: WA Gov

Posted by feww on February 23, 2013

Leaking tanks hold “two-thirds of the nation’s high-level nuclear waste”

Six Hanford underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the most contaminated nuclear site in the U.S. are leaking, says Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

“None of these tanks would be acceptable for use today. They are all beyond their design life. None of them should be in service,” said Tom Carpenter of Hanford Challenge, a Hanford watchdog group. “And yet, they’re holding two-thirds of the nation’s high-level nuclear waste.”

hanford site. oregon gov
Handford Site sits on 586-square-miles of shrub-steppe desert in southeastern Washington State, bordering the Columbia River. Six underground tanks are leaking radioactive waste. Hanford’s 177 tanks hold two-thirds of America’s high-level nuclear waste. Image source: United States Department of Energy

hanford site-gov
This aerial photo shows the Plutonium Finishing Plant complex. A red “X” has been placed on facilities that workers are demolishing. The plutonium vault complex consists of five ancillary structures and a larger building (2736-ZB) that once stored plutonium produced at Hanford during the Cold War for the U.S. nuclear weapons program. Source: US Dept of Energy

The tanks, built in the the 1940s with intended life span of 20 years, hold at least 53 million gallons (200 million liters) of highly radioactive waste, the leftover from plutonium production used in nuclear weapons.

State officials announced last week that one of Hanford’s 177 tanks was leaking up to 300 gallons a year, posing a risk to groundwater and rivers.

Gov Inslee said he had received the “very disturbing news” during meetings Friday that in fact six tanks are leaking.

Uncapped fuel stored underwater in K-East Basin
Uncapped fuel stored underwater in K-East Basin. Source: US Dept of Energy

The authorities say they haven’t yet detected higher radioactivity levels at nearby monitoring wells.

Hanford, home to several tribes of Native Americans and a small agricultural community in the state of Washington,  was depopulated in 1943 along with the town of White Bluffs to make room for the nuclear production facility known as the Hanford Site.

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Earthquake Rattles Grand Coulee Dam, Washington

Posted by feww on September 2, 2015

M4.3 quake strikes north of Coulee Dam, Washington

Centered at 48.307°N, 119.019°W the quake occurred at a depth of 9.7km north of Coulee Dam, Washington, reported USGS/EHP.

The quake was felt over a large area, prompting authorities to inspect the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest hydroelectric facility in the U.S.

The facility supplies electricity to about a dozen states in the U.S. West.

EQ Details

Magnitude: 4.3Mw
Location: 48.307°N, 119.019°W
Depth: 9.7km
Time: 2015-09-01 16:42:45 UTC

Nearby Cities:

  • 38km (24mi) N of Coulee Dam, Washington
  • 132km (82mi) N of Moses Lake, Washington
  • 136km (85mi) SSE of Penticton, Canada
  • 137km (85mi) NE of Wenatchee, Washington


Grand Coulee Dam on Columbia River, Washigton. More images posted at http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/news/gallery/index.html

Other Significant Quakes

  • M6.0, 271km SE of Hachijo-jima, Japan 2015-09-01 at 15:25:10 UTC depth= 11.3km
  • M5.6, 270km SE of Hachijo-jima, Japan 2015-09-01 at 15:24:09 UTC depth= 10.0km
  • M5.0, 12km SW of Hualian, Taiwan 2015-09-01 at 13:24:45 UTC depth= 20.8km
  • M4.4, 250km E of Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland 2015-09-01 at 13:26:29 UTC depth= 10.0km

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6 Hanford Tanks Leaking Nuclear Waste: WA Gov

Posted by feww on February 23, 2013

Leaking tanks hold “two-thirds of the nation’s high-level nuclear waste”

Six Hanford underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the most contaminated nuclear site in the U.S. are leaking, says Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

“None of these tanks would be acceptable for use today. They are all beyond their design life. None of them should be in service,” said Tom Carpenter of Hanford Challenge, a Hanford watchdog group. “And yet, they’re holding two-thirds of the nation’s high-level nuclear waste.”

hanford site. oregon gov
Handford Site sits on 586-square-miles of shrub-steppe desert in southeastern Washington State, bordering the Columbia River. Six underground tanks are leaking radioactive waste. Hanford’s 177 tanks hold two-thirds of America’s high-level nuclear waste. Image source:
United States Department of Energy

hanford site-gov
This aerial photo shows the Plutonium Finishing Plant complex. A red “X” has been placed on facilities that workers are demolishing. The plutonium vault complex consists of five ancillary structures and a larger building (2736-ZB) that once stored plutonium produced at Hanford during the Cold War for the U.S. nuclear weapons program. Source: US Dept of Energy

The tanks, built in the the 1940s with intended life span of 20 years, hold at least 53 million gallons (200 million liters) of highly radioactive waste, the leftover from plutonium production used in nuclear weapons.

State officials announced last week that one of Hanford’s 177 tanks was leaking up to 300 gallons a year, posing a risk to groundwater and rivers.

Gov Inslee said he had received the “very disturbing news” during meetings Friday that in fact six tanks are leaking.

Uncapped fuel stored underwater in K-East Basin
Uncapped fuel stored underwater in K-East Basin. Source: US Dept of Energy

The authorities say they haven’t yet detected higher radioactivity levels at nearby monitoring wells.

Hanford, home to several tribes of Native Americans and a small agricultural community in the state of Washington,  was depopulated in 1943 along with the town of White Bluffs to make room for the nuclear production facility known as the Hanford Site.

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February 23, 2013 – DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,113 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,113 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …

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